Launch
With Us

Frequent and reliable access to space on your terms

Your Mission,
Your Way

Dedicated

A whole rocket to yourself.

Choose your orbit, your rocket, your launch schedule, and your launch site – you’re in control.

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Rideshare

Launch together and still go exactly where you need to.

Thanks to the Kick Stage’s engine re-light capability, we can support plane changes, orbit raising, sustained low orbits, and staggered deployment. Satellites are deployed to precise and individual orbits, even when flying as a rideshare.

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Launch On Demand

We’ve streamlined the path to orbit, enabling rapid call-up launch to support urgent missions, including constellation replenishment.

Schedule Control

3 launch pads across 2 countries, enabling up to 132 launch slots annually. We put you in control, enabling launch timing down to the second.

Tailored Orbits

Mid-inclination, Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO), Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO) or Cislunar – all within reach.

The path to orbit

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1
Plan and book
your mission

Our team will work with you to tailor every aspect of your mission. We’ve streamlined the contracting process to be simple, flexible and collaborative.

2
Analysis

Our Mission Management team will lead you through the mission assurance program before the big day, taking care of flight environments, coupled loads analysis, mission reviews and more.

3
Payload
Processing

Choose from our three payload processing facilities across Launch Complex 1 in New Zealand, Launch Complex 2 in Wallops, Virginia, or our headquarters in Long Beach, CA. Each facility is home to ISO8 Class 100K cleanrooms to ensure humidity, temperature and particle control.

4
Launch

The big day. Live views of launch, real time communication with our Mission Management team, state vectors in rapid time, and speedy post-launch reporting.

Our Launch Sites

Choose from three launch pads across Rocket Lab’s two launch sites.
Launch Complex 1 in Mahia, New Zealand, and Launch Complex 2 on Wallops Island, Virginia.

Launch Complex 1

Mahia, New Zealand -
Private Orbital
Launch Site

Rocket Lab offers the world’s only private orbital launch range in Mahia, New Zealand. This FAA compliant site can accommodate a launch rate of 120 flights per year and is licensed for a launch to occur every 72 hours. From the site it is possible to reach orbital inclinations from sun-synchronous through to 39 degrees. This enables a lower-cost launch option with a wide spectrum of orbital inclinations.

Construction is currently underway on a second launch pad at Launch Complex 1. Work on Pad B will be completed in late 2020, with concurrent launches from Launch Complex 1 possible within the next 12 months.

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Launch Complex 2

Wallops Island,
Virginia, USA

Rocket Lab’s Launch Complex 2 represents a new responsive launch capability for the United States on home soil.

Tailored specifically for U.S. government small satellite missions, Launch Complex 2 can support up to 12 missions per year.

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132 slots annually
Dedicated integration
and control facilities
World’s first private,
FAA-licensed orbital
launch site
24-hr rapid call-up
launch for defense needs
and constellation replenishment